American racquetball stars Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez will make history as they face off in Saturday’s US Open girls’ 14 final at 1 p.m. It will be the first time a US Open girls’ singles final will be held at the Trump International Hotel’s Garden Court.
Fernandez, 18, was the US Open runner-up in 2015 and entered this year’s tournament ranked ninth in the world. Raducanu, 18, was the only undefeated US Open player in 2016 and was ranked sixth at this event. She was an Olympian last year in Rio and has won four consecutive US Open doubles titles.
Raducanu and Fernandez have never played each other on the court, but the girls, who are residents of nearby Loudoun County and Seminole, Fla., share a coach in Asmahan Bassel. In February, just two weeks after Raducanu and Fernandez won the North American Futures tournament in West Virginia, three-time US Open champion Alexeev Gomez Sane made the final and defeated Fernandez, 15-21, 17-21. In that match, Raducanu came back from down 0-21 in a second set and beat Sane, 19-21, 21-13, 25-19.